Milanese and European Laces- ONE PLACE LEFT
Tutor: Claire BonitoCourse Code: 4723-03


This is a weekend course with a primary focus on Milanese lace with other European laces supported. This course offers individual tuition to focus on a new project, a new lace or continue and make progress on an existing project. Weekend courses give you more concentrated time than a weekly class to make significant progress. The course is taught through individual learning and group demonstrations of techniques as appropriate.


Lacemakers who would like to try Milanese lace for the first time will learn the techniques to get started with a beginner’s piece that introduces commonly used techniques and decorative braids. More advanced and experienced lacemakers will receive individual guidance on their chosen project. Everyone is welcome at all levels in Milanese as well as those working on other European laces. The focus of this course will be primarily Milanese, with other European laces supported depending on individual’s specific needs. Please contact the tutor in advance to discuss your particular requirements.

Please bring with you

Lace pillow, bobbins, pins, cover cloths (round with a central hole recommended for Milanese), scissors, thread suitable for pattern, pattern/book that pattern is in, glasses/magnifier (if needed). Ideally come with pattern prepared and bobbins wound to enable work to start straight away. Contact will be made with students prior to the course to confirm what pattern is being planned for or what pattern is required to start.

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

All my designs/pattern packs will be available to purchase as well as Finca thread in white and a selection of thread packs for use with my designs. If something specific is required this needs to be organised with the tutor in good time before the start of the course.


This course is suitable for all levels, including beginners to Milanese or for other European/braid based laces.

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Claire Bonito

Claire Bonito

Claire has over 25 years of experience in making and designing lace, learning her craft from Pat Read MBE and later from Jacquie Tinch. She has been teaching regularly for over 15 years now.  She teaches a range of laces but specialises in Milanese and has become well known for her contemporary designs using both Milanese and Withof lace techniques.  Claire teaches in a range of settings across the UK. She is extremely talented, both as a lacemaker and designer, and is a very good communicator with all levels of lacemaking. Her students say that she has an easy manner and friendly nature, and her classes are popular with both new and regular students alike.  Claire was awarded both the Individual’s and the Visitor’s Choice Trophies in the Lace Guild’s 'Contrasts' Exhibition, and was awarded a Medal for Excellence for her 'Waterlily Mat' in the 'Movement' exhibition.

24th to 26th Nov 2023
Friday to Sunday


4pm onwardsresidents may check in
7.45pmNon-residents arrive
8-9.30pmTeaching session
8-10amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-12.30pmTeaching session
12.30-1.30pmLunch for all
1.30-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
8-10amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-12.30pmTeaching Session
12.30-1.30pmLunch for all
1.30-3.00pmLast teaching session

" The course and tutorial was amazing and most enjoyable." (Summer School 2022)

"Excellent tutor! Looking forward to seeing her again." (April 2022)

"I really enjoyed Claire's course." (April 2022)

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